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Nigeria to install second phase of pre-paid meters

In Nigeria, the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has started installing the first of its newly-procured pre-paid meters for customers in Kano. This forms part of the company’s efforts to “bridge the metering gaps in the franchise area”.

This information is contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the company, Malam Mohammed Kandi, and issued to newsmen in Kano on Wednesday, The Guardian reported.

KEDCO managing director, Dr Jamilu Gwamna, disclosed this at the closing ceremony of a three-day training programme for staff of the company.

The pre-paid meters initiative is expected to eventually replace the estimated billing system.

Pre-paid meters to be customer-centric

The statement explained: “With the deployment of the new pre-paid meters, our customers may not have any reason to complain of high bills anymore. The company will be able to secure its revenue collection using the smart pre-paid meters.

“All things being equal, we should be able to complete the installation of these first sets of pre-paid meters in less than three months.”

According to The Guardian, the statement mentioned that 75 staff drawn from all the company’s departments and the head office received the training on meter installation.

“Each trainee will install an average of 16 single and three phase meters daily which will bring the total number of meters to be installed to 28,800 in a month.”

Following previous meter roll outs

In earlier news, the Ikeja distribution company was gearing to start the second phase of its metering programme with the installation of 10,000 meters in October 2015.

This follows a pilot project in June, which saw 6,000 meters installed in customer homes.

The programme will eventually include the installation of 15,000 meters per month.

Ikeja Electric CEO, Abiodun Ajifowobaje, believes that the rollout is an example of the company’s drive to redefine service delivery, and said that the new meters will help customers manage energy usage and ensure transparent billing in real time.

“The metering project will replace today’s meters with next generation electronic meter technology that improves customer service and enables customers to proactively manage their energy use and save money by giving them the power to control how much electricity they use against how much electricity they pay for.”

The ultimate scope of the programme will see 300,000 meters installed in residential and commercial and industrial premises by December 2016. The new meters will enable the utility to monitor power outages, restoration alerts and meter tampering, in addition to providing improved billing and consumption data.